Family Night and the Importance of Simple Traditions

Pizza… a movie… junk food… and the entire family chilling around the TV. The requisite check list items for our crew’s “Family Night”. What started out years ago as something fun for all of us to share, grew in to a weekly mandate by the kids. Not in a spoiled, “we want sugar” kind of way, but as a genuine need to spend fun time together. If mom or I try to weasel out of it on an especially busy weekend, they’ll call us on it. It’s something that has been especially important as the draws of school, work, Scouts, sports, and the like pull everyone in radical directions all week. Friday night is Family Night, and we do it together.

Family Night SignFirst off, it’s worth noting that there are magically no fattening calories in our house on Family Night. (It’s funny how that works out when you need it to.) We do admit that a banquet of combination pizza, chocolate doughnuts, and Cheetos aren’t going to win us any parenting awards for nutrition. However, the impact a simple tradition like this has on the crew makes it more than worthwhile in the end. It forms bonds that emphasize the importance of a close family that has fun together. Maybe when our kids are grown up, they will have a Family Night in their own homes… or perhaps they’ll come up with their own bonding tradition. Regardless, I do know that they will do something because it’s meant so much to them.

If you have simple traditions that your family shares or you remember as a kid, please share it. A family tradition can’t grow without first starting out as a new idea!

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Posted on September 6, 2012, in Uncategorized and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. When our kids were young we used to go on annual camping trips which everyone looked forward to planning – and doing. Then when they got older I took each kid on an annual one-on-one backpacking weekend in the Sierras Since is was just the one kid and dad there was no competition but really good quality time. Now they each have their own kids and I expect they’ll do something similar when they get old enough.

  2. Those trips sound fun, David. I especially like the 1 on 1 trips as they got older. Great idea that I’m sure was very special to them!

  3. My family’s tradition is that – no matter how late it is – we always sit down as a family to eat our dinner together. Hard to pull off sometimes but well worth it.

  4. Game night use to include the tried-&-true-old ones like “CLUE” and TRIVIAL PURSUIT” in addition to strategy ones like Milleborne and Chess. Also Poker when we wanted to throw some wagering into the mix!

  5. We always have a 4th of July BBQ and pool party.

  6. We do every week some kid with dad on the sofa evenings – just great

  7. Tuesday nights are “Family Dinner Night. Now, families should always get together every day for a meal, but Tuesday nights we get together with extended family.

  8. Our family unit has dwindled, the kids are all out, on their own. When we do get together, there’s usually a huge card game, or trivial pursuit game going. Liverpool Rummy is a riot.

  9. Thanks for sharing

  10. Our family traditions are more around the holidays. We go to church and visit old friends & extended family as the whole crowd.

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